Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Louis area rated "fair" viewing zone for Orionid meteor shower this weekend

Louis area rated

The moon will lead to subpar views for this night sky display.

At its peak, the shower usually produces between 10 and 20 meteors per hour.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich (ROG) says the Orionid Meteor Shower "is one of the best known and most reliable meteor showers in the annual calendar, visible from across the globe".

The Orionids meteor shower occurs in the autumn months every year. The meteors that streak across the sky are some of the fastest among meteor showers, because the Earth is hitting a stream of particles nearly head on. Also, at it's peak, we can expect to see 15-20 meteors per hour, and these puppies are flying, moving at about 148,000 mph! The vaporizing bits of comet ice and dust originate from Halley's Comet and are named after the direction from which they appear to radiate (the constellation Orion).

Stargazers should opt to travel as far away from city lights as possible in order to avoid light pollution that will obscure the clarity of heavenly bodies.

It is suggested by to go out around 1:30 give your eyes time to adjust to the night sky and to make sure to only use your eyes to observe the night sky rather than binoculars or a telescope.

Binoculars and telescopes won't improve the view, because they are created to see more stationary objects in the sky.

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